Joseph J. Salatka, of Northport, went home to be with the Lord and his loving wife Rita on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. He was helped on his journey with his loving family at his side.

Joe was born in Worcester, Mass. on July 8, 1933. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He drove trucks for St. Johnsbury for many years and won awards for his truck driving skills.

He and his family lived in Massachusetts most of their life until he and his wife went to Old Orchard Beach for a number of summers and eventually moved there. In 2008 he and his wife, Rita, moved to Northport to live out the remainder of their lives close to their daughter, Donna.

Joe had a number of interests and hobbies and was very good at all of them. He loved fishing, playing cards, horseshoes, woodworking and building many different things for the yard. Bowling was his passion. He bowled for many years, and it was seldom he missed a chance to bowl.

Joe was a very kind and giving man, always willing to help others as he often did.

He was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 54 years, Rita; his mother and father; and two brothers.

He is survived by his son, Joseph, of Rumford, daughter Donna and partner Dawn of Northport. He leaves behind nieces, nephews and many, many friends whom he dearly loved.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be offered at: ripostafh.com.